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Teaching Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Teaching Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Help Buddhist Monks gain valuable English skills as you teach in the beautiful undiscovered country of Laos.

Prices from $1,645

The beautiful landlocked country of Laos, home to the mysterious Plain of Jars and Four Thousand Islands, is the one of the hidden gems in Asia. Nestled between Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, little is known about this mysterious land with its complex culture consisting of 49 official ethnic groups and its stunning mountainous terrain. Laos is relatively untouched by tourism and offers pristine, unharmed environments and quite possibly some of the most chilled-out communities in the world. Traditions remain largely unchanged from centuries ago and even in the capital Vientiane where a relaxed and calm atmosphere prevails.

Buddhist Monks reign over the many temples Laos has to offer, and most of them do not speak English. The Frontier-Laos teaching project offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the beauty and tranquillity of Laos whilst making your impact on the community by teaching these holy men English. Many Laotian boys choose to devote their lives to worship, and in doing so they access a valuable education. Temples have the possibility of enriching the lives of monks but struggle as English speaking teachers are few and far between, so your dedicated skills and time will be truly cherished.

Not only will you spend time teaching, you will also have the rare opportunity to work closely with novice monks in a temple school. You will be immerged in Lao culture, history, food, religion and languagewith the chance of visiting local sights as well as enjoy a weekend break on the banks of the Mekong River, and bring home memories for life!



  • Immerse yourself in Laotian culture and cuisine
  • Explore and experience new opportunities
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Unleash your creativity as you teach
  • Help monks gain skills needed to speak English confidently


  • CRB check


Location Luang Prabang, Laos
Activities Teach English
Mark Work
Set Homework
Plan Lessons
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Centrally Situated Guesthouse, Basic but Comfortable


Before you go Pre-departure support and documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment & visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pickup
Food Allowance
Transfers to the beach camp  (for first Monday of the month arrivals)
Local orientation
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This project gives you the chance to teach English in an idyllic setting, famous for its Buddhist temples and monasteries with the Mekong River not far away. In temples here, monks receive not only spiritual guidance but also an invaluable chance at education. Many monks desire to improve their English skills enabling them to access more opportunities and bring a higher quality of life for their families. Monastic teachers struggle to provide the attention their students need due to large class sizes, so English speaking volunteers are highly sought after and your presence will be gratefully received by monks and fellow teachers alike.


You will be placed with a group of novice Buddhist monks and will promote both conversational English as well as a wide range of different practical skills. You will be able to help them with their vocabulary, reading and writing as well as practice speaking confidently. Here is your opportunity to be creative and think of interesting games and activities to engage and inspire the monks in a fun way. With the support of staff you will gain excellent teaching skills by getting involved in all aspects of daily classroom life such as planning, marking, or assisting pre-planned lessons. Either way your time and commitment will give the monks the attention they need to fully develop their English skills.

Your teaching week will be Monday to Friday giving you the weekend free to explore Asia’s hidden gem further. Check out the extras page for ideas about what you could get up to in your free time!


If you arrive on the Friday before your project start date you will be met upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport by a friendly member of staff who will escort you to the pre-program accommodation where you will stay the night before moving on to the project site the morning after.


You will be staying at a comfortable guesthouse in the centre of the ancient city of Luang Prabang. This is a beautiful and unique setting where South East Asian and French Colonial Architecture collide, making a magnificent and enchanting location for you to call home for the duration of your stay. You will be placed in basic shared dorms with a fan, running hot and cold water and western style bathrooms.


You will receive a weekly food allowance for basic meals. The guesthouse provides a simpler menu and the local markets and street vendors provide a wide variety of local delicacies to try out. A simple, traditional Loatian meal may cost as little as US$ 2 and a western style upmarket dinner might cost around US$ 10. Laotian dishes consist mainly of rice, noodles and vegetables and are highly influenced by Thai and Vietnamese dishes. You should take the opportunity to sample Khao Piak Sen (beef or chicken in a broth with fresh herbs and rice noodles), Khao Jee (baguette filled with either pork liver, Vietnamese pork sausage or shredded carrot and radish) and Tam Mak Hoong (spicy green papaya salad).

Laos is a relatively undiscovered part of the world with hidden wonders that you should take the opportunity to get involved in. Why not take a trip to the East of Luang Prabang to Phonsavan and explore the mysterious Plain of Jars. Giant stone jars are scattered over the area surrounded by speculation and myths as to how they appeared - why not visit the ancient site yourself to see if you can come up with a possible explanation!

You could also explore the archipelago of Si Phan Don, meaning four thousand islands. Here many travellers have been captivated by its beauty and stayed longer than planned, once you experience its laid-back atmosphere (even by Laos standards) it’s easy to understand why. As time swings by ever so slowly on these tiny islands why not cycle, swim or kayak through its peaceful communities and enchanting nature.

You could also get your hiking boots on and explore the lush forested mountains in the north of the country, check out the gothic limestone karsts of Vang Vieng, or venture further sound and experience the chilled lifestyle in the capital city of Vientiane. As little is known about this intriguing country you could even explore the undiscovered and venture into the unknown.

Many volunteers take the opportunity to explore Asia further after the project with the new friends they made whilst in Laos. Experienced field staff will be available and happy to provide help with post-project planning.


2 weeks $1,645

4 weeks $2,045

6 weeks $2,495

8 weeks $2,895

10 weeks $3,345

12 weeks $3,745

16 weeks $4,595

20 weeks $5,445

24 weeks $6,295


Biweekly, please arrive on the Friday before your project begins on the Saturday in order to be picked up from the airport.


Duration 2 – 24 weeks


03 Feb 2018

 17 Feb 2018

 03 Mar 2018

 17 Mar 2018

 31 Mar 2018

 14 Apr 2018

 28 Apr 2018

 12 May 2018

 26 May 2018

 09 Jun 2018

 23 Jun 2018

 07 Jul 2018

 21 Jul 2018

 04 Aug 2018

 18 Aug 2018

 01 Sep 2018

 15 Sep 2018

 29 Sep 2018

 13 Oct 2018

 27 Oct 2018

 10 Nov 2018

 24 Nov 2018

 08 Dec 2018

 22 Dec 2018


Nearest airport(s): Luang Prabang (LPQ)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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